Monkeypox

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and local public health agencies are currently monitoring cases of monkeypox in the United States. Monkeypox has been identified in Colorado, including El Paso County. 

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is endemic in central and west Africa (meaning it is consistently present in those areas without causing significant disruptions in the lives of most people). It is now spreading in parts of the United States and abroad in Europe and Australia. It spreads through person-to-person transmission or direct contact with respiratory droplets, bodily fluids, or skin lesions of those infected. Monkeypox can also live on other surfaces.  

Monkeypox is rarely deadly and in most cases, monkeypox will resolve on its own. Symptoms of monkeypox often begin with fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and exhaustion. Typically, a rash develops within one to three days after the onset of fever, often beginning on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body. The monkeypox rash can look like pimples or blisters on the face, the inside of the mouth, hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus. Most people recover within two to four weeks. 

If you have had contact with someone has monkeypox and develop the symptoms described, please contact your health provider.  

CDPHE Monkeypox testing sites throughout the state

NOTE: CDPHE offers monkeypox testing sites throughout the state.

People who have symptoms of monkeypox or think they have been exposed to monkeypox should contact a health care provider to discuss testing.
 
The following locations in or near El Paso County have monkeypox testing available. Only people who have a rash, sores, or bumps can get tested. Appointments are limited — call the phone number listed or visit the provider's website to learn more about available appointments. 
 
At your appointment, cover your rash or lesions with long sleeves, pants, or a bandage. Wear a well-fitting mask over your nose and mouth during your entire appointment. Patients can take this document with them to their medical visit.

El Paso County Public Health
Phone: (719) 578-3199 — option 1 for Family Planning Clinic
Address: 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Ste. 2044, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
EPCPH will only see patients who are at high risk for Monkeypox based on criteria set out by the state with typical clinical presentation, including rash. Monkeypox testing by appointment only, limited appointments available. 

UCHealth urgent care
Multiple locations
If your primary care provider is with UCHealth, contact them first to see if you can get your sample collected with a provider you already know.

Castle Rock Adventist Hospital
Phone: (720) 455-5000
Address: 2350 Meadows Blvd., Castle Rock, CO 80109

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment
Phone: (719) 583-4300
Address: 101 W. 9th St., Pueblo, CO 81003

What you need to know about the Jynneos vaccine

Some people who have been recently exposed to monkeypox should get a vaccine called Jynneos. The FDA has fully approved this vaccine. Colorado currently has an extremely limited supply of the vaccine from the federal government.
 
Getting vaccinated lowers your chance of getting monkeypox if you may have been exposed. The sooner an exposed person gets the vaccine, the better. The vaccine can also reduce the severity of your symptoms if you do get sick later on. People who already have symptoms of monkeypox (fever, rash, etc.) should not get vaccinated.

Vaccine supply is currently extremely limited.

IMPORTANT: Vaccine Eligibility Requirements

Vaccine supply is currently extremely limited.

People, age 18-plus, of any sexual orientation or gender should get vaccinated if: 

Within the past 2 weeks:

  • You had close physical contact with someone with monkeypox. Close physical contact can include intimate contact (including hugging or kissing) or sexual activity of any kind. 
  • You had had sex with multiple partners or had group sex. 
  • You had sexual partners you did not know.
  • You had close physical contact with other people at a venue like a sex club or bathhouse.

     Or,

  • You had gonorrhea or syphilis infection within the past 3 months.
  • You use HIV PrEP (medication to prevent HIV infection).
  • You engage in sex in exchange for money, shelter, food, or other goods.

Monkeypox can spread through close physical contact like hugging, kissing, and intimate activities like sex. Anyone who believes they have been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox in the last 14 days can also receive the vaccine. People can self-report if they are eligible for the vaccine, and do not need permission from a doctor. If you are unsure if you should receive the Jynneos vaccine for monkeypox, you can find more information at the CDPHE webpage: https://cdphe.colorado.gov/monkeypox.

Vaccination is free. You don’t need health insurance or ID to get vaccinated.

You should especially consider getting vaccinated if:

  • Your partner(s) are showing symptoms of monkeypox, such as a rash or sores that may begin on the genital area or the face, including in the mouth, and then spread to other parts of the body.
  • You met a recent partner(s) through online applications or social media platforms, or at clubs, raves, sex parties, saunas, or other large gatherings.

Note: People who currently have a fever, rash, or sores that may be due to monkeypox cannot get vaccinated. Instead, they should separate from others and contact a health care provider to get tested. Treatment may be an option. More information about isolation can be found in the CDPHE Monkeypox FAQ: https://cdphe.colorado.gov/diseases-a-to-z/monkeypox/monkeypox-faq.


 

Register for a vaccine appointment

Upcoming JYNNEOS (monkeypox) Vaccine Clinics

October 6, 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Immunization Clinic 2nd floor, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd, Suite 2044, https://www.comassvax.org/appointment/en/reg/1312296068

October 6, 12:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Immunization Clinic 2nd floor, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd, Suite 2044, https://www.comassvax.org/appointment/en/reg/0261621349

October 10, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Immunization Clinic 2nd floor, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd, Suite 2044, https://www.comassvax.org//appointment/en/reg/3991620522

October 11, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.,  ICONS, 3 E. Bijou Street, https://www.comassvax.org//appointment/en/reg/9012652369

October 13, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Immunization Clinic 2nd floor, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd, Suite 2044,  https://www.comassvax.org//appointment/en/reg/2315296082

October 19, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.,  ICONS, 3 E. Bijou Street, https://www.comassvax.org//appointment/en/reg/2632559109

October 20, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Immunization Clinic 2nd floor, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd, Suite 2044,  https://www.comassvax.org//appointment/en/reg/2569380821

October 27, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Immunization Clinic 2nd floor, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd, Suite 2044, https://www.comassvax.org//appointment/en/reg/3931620582